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Parallel 49 Salty Scot

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I guess they installed those 3 new 100hl conditioning tanks over at Parallel 49 (and thus freed up their line of 25s), because they’re just pumping out the seasonal releases now. First Ugly Sweater was dumped upon us (more on that later), then Salty Scot, and next week we get Grinch’d (an Xmas Dark Ale).

P49’s MO from the get go was to take intriguing twists on regular styles and make session-able beers out of them. This is why they’ve been producing six packs since day one. Recently they’ve branched out a bit with a series of 650ml bombers. These releases bring a bit more of The Flavour and a little less of the Must Drink Five More Right Now, but their origin in a session-focused brewery is undeniable.

The 2nd bomber release from P49 brings us Salty Scot. This is a Scotch Ale infused with sea-salt and caramel. I don’t know where they get their ideas from–perhaps from doing drugs on the loading dock–but keep it up guys, so far all the odd flavour pairings have worked, and this beer is no different.

Adding actual caramel to a beer has the potential to go all kinds of wrong. How do you get the flavour to stand out without adding so much caramel that the beer is sickly sweet in the end? Well, they did it. This beer has a nice hint of caramel, even toffee, backed by the solid smooth mouthfeel of a nice scotch ale.

The nose is light caramel and malty beer. Often heavier malted beers come across as “caramel-like” but this is the real McCoy, and the subtle different is quite nice. This is one of those rare beers that is just a joy to stick in your face and smell.

And then, right at the end of the taste, you get a nice salty punch. As is the theme here, it’s neither too strong or too light, it’s just right. About half a glass later, you feel all warm and squishy inside, and inquire as to what, exactly, the ABV of this guy is. Yup, it’s 7.5%, and it sneaks up on you, but that’s okay. Sometimes a little liquor warmth is a nice thing.

Coles notes:

Brewery Parallel 49
From Vancouver, BC
Name Salty Scot
Style Scotch Ale
SOA Now Bronze
SOA Potential n/a; not a cellaring ale.
Drink Now.
Adverse effects Marked increase in your daily use of “Yaaarrr!”
Availability Small release to LRS and at brewery
Cost $5.00-$8.00 per 650ml bomber; $10 in growler at the brewery
Similar Beers Russell Wee Angry, Storm Highland
Chuck says Buy several bottles to keep you company on those long, lonely nights at sea.


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November 9th, 2012 at 11:38 am

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